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Examining the roster ties between Patriots, Jets ahead of Week 17

Three ex-Patriots reside in the Jets’ fold entering Sunday.

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No ex-New York Jets sit in the New England Patriots’ fold for Sunday’s regular-season finale.

At least – cough, Bill Belichick, cough – in terms of the active roster, practice squad and reserve lists.

There isn’t a David Harris, a Trevor Reilly or a Chad Hansen to be found under those rocks.

But there are three players from New England’s past currently under New York’s rocks as the 1 p.m. ET kickoff at Gillette Stadium draws near.

Here’s a glance through that Week 17 shortlist of familiar faces.

NEW YORK

Eric Smith, offensive tackle – Smith is now on his third AFC East team since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2017. The 23-year-old Virginia product spent his rookie season between the Miami Dolphins’ 53-man roster and injured reserve before signing to New England’s scout team during its formation this September. There Smith remained for 15-plus weeks, before agreeing to join the Jets’ 53 earlier this month. Smith thanked the Patriots for allowing him to “learn and grow” in a statement posted to Twitter soon after, citing the opportunity to take what he’d learned during his stay in and apply it. Smith was among the Jets’ inactives last Sunday.

Darryl Roberts, cornerback – Pick No. 247 in the 2015 draft, Roberts resided on New England’s injured reserve for the duration of his rookie campaign and was placed on waivers at the cutdown leading up to 2016. The Jets claimed the cornerback by way of Marshall the following day. Roberts has since appeared in 42 games with New York, starting 16. He’s earned 10 of those starts in 2018 while logging a career-high 48 tackles, one interception and seven passes defensed. Roberts has played the sixth-most snaps on the Jets’ defense and the seventh-most snaps on special teams. The 28-year-old has graded out as Pro Football Focus’ 48th overall corner.

Harvey Langi, linebacker – New England’s top undrafted signing in the spring of 2017, Langi garnered $115,000 in total guarantees and went on to garner a spot on the 53, as well. The former Brigham Young linebacker recorded a tackle in his debut, but was placed on non-football injury in late October due to injuries sustained in a car accident left both he and his wife, Cassidy, hospitalized. Langi was later waived by the Patriots after a reported internal laceration kept him off the field throughout the 2018 preseason. The 26-year-old signed to the Jets’ practice squad as the calendar turned to October, but was placed on practice squad-injured three weeks later.